Summer School: Writing Conflict in Literary Fiction

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Marija Pericic
23 January 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Marija Pericic
Internal conflict is what defines literary fiction as a genre. In this workshop we will explore different kinds of conflict, and how conflict drives narrative in literary fiction.

We will look at how to establish a central conflict in your writing and how to make it meaningful and compelling. This workshop will consist of textual analysis, discussion, writing exercises and feedback.

You will learn

  • How to establish the central conflict in your narrative
  • how to develop your characters through conflict
  • writing compelling internal conflict
  • how to use conflict to create dramatic tension in your writing
  • how to create satisfying resolutions.

About Marija Pericic

Marija Peričić is a writer based in Melbourne. Her first novel, 'The Lost Pages', won The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2017. Her work has also appeared in 'Going Down Swinging' and the 'Southerly' blog. Marija was born in Perth, Western Australia.  She studied English Literature at The University of Western Australia and The University of Melbourne and teaches English Language at Deakin University.

Read more about our Summer School workshops:

Summer School: Writing for the Education Market, 12 January
Summer School: The Art of Criticism – Giving and Receiving Feedback, 13 January
Summer School: Short Story, 14 January
Summer School: Crime, 15 January
Summer School: Writing Picture Books, 16 January
Summer School: Going Indie – Successful Self-Publishing, 17 January
Summer School: Ekphrasis – The Art of Writing from Art, 18 January
Summer School: New Year, New Novel, 19 January
Summer School: Mastering the Personal Essay, 20 January
Summer School: Editing Your Novel, 21 January
Summer School: Memorable Romance Characters, 22 January
Summer School: World Building, 24 January
Summer School: Pitching Memoir and Non-Fiction, 25 January


Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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